Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Zverev Big Favorite In Final After Beating Djokovic

Posted By Mo Nuwwarah on July 28, 2021 - Last Updated on July 30, 2021

With Wimbledon wrapping up, tennis fans can begin looking toward the next major event: the Olympics. The 2020 Tokyo Games, playing out in 2021, will feature a 64-player bracket for men’s singles. Let’s take a look at the odds, format and schedule for men’s tennis at the Tokyo Olympics.

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Odds Board For Tokyo Olympics Men’s Tennis

Novak Djokovic headlines the field and — unsurprisingly after his Wimbledon victory — the odds board. The Serbian rated so strongly in the betting market that he’s slightly favored over the field at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Unsurprisingly, he advanced to the quarterfinals, his odds only got shorter. After crushing 69th-ranked Kei Nishikori, Djokovic was all the way up to -400 to capture gold.

However, after not dropping a single set, he fell to German top-five player Alexander Zverev. Djokovic crushed Zverev 6-1 in the first set and seemed on his way to another easy win. But then, Zverev rallied with two strong set wins — 6-3, 6-1 — to topple the top-ranked legend.

Despite his incredibly decorated career, Djokovic has yet to win Olympic gold.

Now, it’s Zverev in fantastic position to win gold, particularly with favored Pablo Carreno Busta losing to Kharen Khachanov. Zverev has been installed as a -280 on DK Sportsbook.

In the bronze medal match, Djokovic is a massive -650 favorite to defeat Busta.

Schedule, Format And How To Watch

Tennis at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics begins July 24 at 11 a.m. local time, which means it will air on July 23 in the United States. That day marks the beginning of a 64-player single elimination bracket which will play out July 24-Aug. 1.

Unfortunately, exact time slot and court assignments are fluid and subject to change at this juncture. Here’s how the schedule shakes out for men’s singles, with times adjusted to eastern time. The men’s singles matches could take place any time in these slots.

  • Round of 64: 10 p.m. on July 23 to 7 a.m. on July 24; 10 p.m. on July 24 to 7 a.m. on July 25
  • Round of 32: 10 p.m. on July 25 to 7 a.m. on July 26; 10 p.m. on July 26 to 7 a.m. on July 27
  • Round of 16: 10 p.m. on July 27 to 7 a.m. on July 28
  • Quarterfinals: 10 p.m. on July 28 to 8 a.m. on July 29
  • Semifinals: 11 p.m. on July 29 to 7 a.m. on July 30
  • Bronze medal: 11 p.m. on July 30 to 7 a.m. on July 31
  • Gold medal: 11 p.m. on July 31 to 7 a.m. on Aug. 1

As with all of the Olympic sports, relevant televised matches will appear on the NBC family of networks. When the time slots become locked in, use this converter to find out when the matches air in your region.


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